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“Raindrops on a Window”

“Raindrops on a Window”

Race and Sex and the Framing of the Sheryl Swoopes Narrative

Chapter:
(p.124) “Raindrops on a Window”
Source:
A Locker Room of Her Own
Author(s):
Lisa Doris Alexander
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0007

This chapter explains why Sheryl Swoopes’ revelation of being a lesbian did not negatively affect her reputation. It points out that Swoopes was not the first female athlete to admit homosexuality. Her race as an African American may have been a factor and perceptions regarding female sexuality may have downplayed her announcement. It adds that had Swoopes been white and male, the world would have probably paid more attention to her announcement of homosexuality.

Keywords:   homosexuality, female athlete, Sheryl Swoopes, reputation, female sexuality

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